African Masks - Ligbi

 

Ligbi Mask

Ligbi Mask

Ligbi masks are used in the celebration of Islamic holidays, especially the end of Ramadan. The dancers who wear these masks are noted for their elegantly synchronized movements as they dance in pairs.

The typical Ligbi mask has an elongated face trimmed with wings on either side. The eyes are shaded and the mouth is rectangular. Both animal and human forms are combined in the mask image.Make-up and jewellery are also added to decorate Ligbi masks during the celebration.

Ligbi Tribal Territory

 

Ligbi Territory Map

Ligbi Territory Map
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The Ligbi people, who are related to the Senufo, are a community originally from Ghana who now inhabit the Ivory Coast. Ligbi is also the name of their language.

Ligbi Mask Clip Art

 

Ligbi Mask Clip Art

Ligbi Mask Clip Art
(You can click on our drawing for an A4 image that you may print to help you draw this mask)

 

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A Kuba helmet mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Kuba helmet mask from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Photo © Karl Heinrich